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National Volunteer Week: Habitat for Humanity

In honor of National Volunteer Week, GOOD will be bringing you a daily recommendation about organizations with which you can volunteer in your...


In honor of National Volunteer Week, GOOD will be bringing you a daily recommendation about organizations with which you can volunteer in your neighborhood and around the country.The feeling of building someone a new house, a bright, shiny new place to live, is really beyond compare. Sure, it might be a little clichéd, but the reason everyone does Habitat for Humanity is that it offers a great chance to make a marked and long-lasting impact in other peoples' lives, and there are opportunities available nationwide and around the world. Plus, you'll learn a valuable skill or two working on a construction site. Habitat is not necessarily something you can pop in and do on a weekend, though there are opportunities in some areas for individuals to place themselves on a standby list where they can be called to work on a site for just a day, but it's a great thing to plan a trip around.The Gulf Coast, of course, is where much of the attention on Habitat is currently focused. Again, perhaps its cliched, but if you're thinking about taking a vacation to New Orleans-and you should, it's a truly fabulous place-why not do more than pump money into the economy? How about putting a house up, too? In fact, anywhere you're thinking about taking a vacation, there is probably a Habitat build to which you could donate some time (go here to search for builds in your area or where you're going). Putting up drywall might not be your idea of the most relaxing vacation, but come on, you've sat on enough beaches.Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity New Orleans Habitat for Humanity Search Tool Photo by flickr user FirstBaptistNational.
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The former 49er quarterback who inflamed the culture wars by peacefully protesting against social injustice during the national anthem made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

Kaepernick is scheduled for a 15-minute on-field workout and an interview that will be recorded and sent to all 32 teams. The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions are expected to have representatives in attendance.

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"We like our quarterback situation right now," Miami head coach, Brian Flores said. "We're going to do our due diligence."

NFL Insider Steve Wyche believes that the workout is the NFL's response to multiple teams inquiring about the 32-year-old quarterback. A league-wide workout would help to mitigate any potential political backlash that any one team may face for making an overture to the controversial figure.

Kapernick is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) so any team could have reached out to him. But it's believed that the interested teams are considering him for next season.

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Earlier this year, Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reached a financial settlement with the league in a joint collusion complaint. The players alleged that the league conspired to keep them out after they began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Before the 2019 season, Kaepernick posted a video of himself working out on twitter to show he was in great physical condition and ready to play.

Kaepnick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship game in 2013.

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